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"The tech industry says it can tackle inequality, and governments are keen to let it try. The choice that citizens now face is not between the market and the state, but between politics and non-politics "

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"By Fiona Macrae for the Daily Mail
Updated: 20:56 EST, 23 April 2009

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It has long been held that the early bird catches the worm. But it is the night owl that lasts the distance, research shows.

It found that late risers tire less quickly than those who make a point of getting up at the crack of dawn.

The study is likely to be embraced by anyone tired of being branded lazy for their love of a lie-in.

Not so guilty pleasure: A study has found that people who sleep-in tend to be cleverer and richer than morning larks

And it adds to growing evidence that it is night owls that rule the roost.

Previous studies have found that those who rise later tend to be both cleverer and richer than early birds.

For the latest study, scientists pitted morning larks against night owls in a task designed to measure their reaction and attention times.

During the experiment, the volunteers got up and went to bed at their usual times, with the larks tending to turn in four hours earlier than the owls.

Both did similarly well at the task shortly after getting up. But ten hours into their day, it was the night owls that shone, being both quicker and more alert at the task, the journal Science reports.

Despite being awake for the same length of time, the larks felt sleepier, with scans showing that the parts of their brains linked to attention were less active.

Dr Philippe Peigneux, of the University of Liege in Belgium, said: 'During the evening session, evening types were less sleepy and tended to perform faster than morning types.'

Previous studies have shown that getting up late appears to be in our DNA, with our body clock regulated by a series of genes which determine whether we are larks or owls.

Other studies have debunked the popular saying 'early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise'.

Night owls have been shown to be cleverer than larks, with quicker minds and better memories. They also earn more.

Famous night owls include Charles Darwin, Adolf Hitler and Winston Churchill, who regularly went to bed at 4am and rose late. Due to his sleeping patterns, he often hosted War Cabinet meetings in his bath.

It is thought that the division into larks and owls has its roots in evolution, with early risers in the Stone Age taking the initiative in food gathering, while owls stood guard late into the night.

Those who fell into neither category could sleep safely in the knowledge that their needs were being taken care of.

When humans moved towards tending animals and harvesting crops, larks came in demand for the early starts, while owls started to be thought of as less industrious. "

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"Looking for a novel way to celebrate Purim in Tel Aviv next weekend? Wander over to 26 Gordon Street for a pop-up art show wrapped inside architecture that’s worth a visit on its own. Radical renovations are planned for a 1930’s building that will transform the Bauhaus beauty into the city’s first “green” retrofit of a protected structure. Before construction begins, the building will host a contemporary art and fashion exhibit using the same name as the architectural project, “Fertile Ground”."

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"Many Iraqis evoke popular saying about the loss of non-human objects: 'May the books be a sacrifice for the people.'

27 Feb 2015 07:32 GMT | Arts & Culture, Human Rights, Middle East, Iraq

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Marcia Lynx Qualey

Marcia Lynx Qualey writes about Arabic literature and literary translation for a number of publications. She blogs daily at


Last Saturday, news began to spread that the Mosul Central Library had likely been bombed. It was followed on Thursday by video that showed the methodical destruction of the Mosul Museum and news that bookshops on Al-Nujaifi Street in downtown Mosul may have been burned.

Although the apparent library bombing took place a week ago, it's still unclear exactly what happened in Iraq's second-largest city. That's because Mosul has been largely cut off from the rest of the world since the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took control of the area in June. Instead of reliable news reports, we have brief phone calls, amateur ISIL documentaries, camera photos of burning books, and intermittent tweets that both illuminate and confuse what's going on.
Iraqi archaeologist discusses ISIL's destruction of antiquities

It is difficult to say how many people have been tortured, killed, or forced to flee their Mosul homes in the last six months. At the same time, UNESCO estimates that ISIL-controlled areas are undergoing a massive cultural destruction, which may be "one of the most devastating acts of destruction of library collections in human history".

Improvised incendiary devices

According to mostly anonymous reports coming out of Mosul, last Saturday, improvised incendiary devices were placed around the city's central library. Elaph news reported that city residents asked ISIL fighters to reconsider, but bombs were set off, igniting fires that destroyed an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 books and manuscripts."

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"Video: Bake the perfect batch of triangular cookies for the holiday—with homemade fruit filling
By Joan Nathan|February 20, 2013 12:00 AM|Comments: 0
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Joan Nathan’s Chosen Hamantaschen

Hamantaschen, Purim’s traditional triangular cookies, are relatively new to the Jewish gastronomic scene. They most likely originated in Bohemia, in what is now the Czech Republic, just two or three centuries ago. The earliest American recipe I could find for mohn maultaschen (poppy seed tartlets, which we would recognize as hamantaschen) was in 1889’s “Aunt Babette’s” Cookbook: Foreign and Domestic Receipts for the Household—published by Edward Bloch, who was from the Bohemian village of Grafenried. There aren’t that many ingredients, but that doesn’t stop bakers from having intense preferences; you’ll hear about mine in the video."

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"Posted by Justine Jablonska on February 24, 2015 at 4:20 pm

75 years ago – in February 1940 – Stalin began mass deportations of Poles to Siberia. He’d been arresting individuals and POWs from the earliest stages of the Soviet occupation.

World War II was raging, and Poland had not one, but two occupiers.

Hitler and his Nazis had already begun their atrocities in Poland’s German-occupied territories.

In Poland’s Soviet-occupied territories, entire families, communities, villages, were being packed into cattle cars with no sanitation; little food and water. The journeys were inhumane, as was the destination – the frozen wastelands of Siberian Gulag. Many died. But not all, so this story doesn’t end there.

This roundup of CR pieces tells the deportation saga: from the endless journeys and the camps and then, for some, escape – and the most extraordinary odyssey of WWII."


    75 years ago – in February 1940 – Stalin began mass deportations of Poles to Siberia. He’d been arresting individuals and POWs from the earliest stages of the Soviet occupation.


    World War II was raging, and Poland had not one, but two occupiers.


    Hitler and his Nazis had already begun their atrocities in Poland’s German-occupied territories.


    In Poland’s Soviet-occupied territories, entire families, communities, villages, were being packed into cattle cars with no sanitation; little food and water. The journeys were inhumane, as was the destination – the frozen wastelands of Siberian Gulag. Many died. But not all, so this story doesn’t end there.


    This roundup of CR pieces tells the deportation saga: from the endless journeys and the camps and then, for some, escape – and the most extraordinary odyssey of WWII.

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In the late eighteenth century, enslaved people in Saint-Domingue, the French colony that became Haiti, rose up against their colonial masters and gained their freedom and independence. Haiti became the first fully free society in the Atlantic world and the second independent nation in the Americas (after the United States). Understanding the Haitian Revolution is crucial to understanding the course of world history and the history of the Americas. It is also essential to understanding Haiti today. Through readings, maps, digital activities, and simulations, students consider the development of the American colonial world and the legacies of the only successful slave revolt in the history of the world.

Students explore Hispaniola's precolonial past and the development of one of the greatest wealth-producing colonies in world history. They also consider the different groups involved in the conflict in Saint-Domingue and their motivations. The readings draw connections between events in Europe and the Americas, and reflect on the Revolution's legacies for the region and the world.
The Choices Role Play

This central activity helps students consider the future of Saint-Domingue in 1801, at a point when slavery had been abolished but Saint-Domingue was still a French colony. Students explore the viewpoints being considered both in Saint-Domingue and in France, and consider the effects of decisions made on both sides of the Atlantic on the course of the Revolution.

Mapping European Colonization of the Americas
Students explore the geography of the Americas during European colonialism and understand how the changing political geography of the Americas affected events on Hispaniola.

Enslaved People's Experiences
Taking on the role of fictional characters, students step into the shoes of enslaved people at the start of the revolt in 1791 to consider the choices that individuals made at the time.

Digital Timeline: Europe and Saint-Domingue
Students consider the relationship between events in Europe and events in Saint-Domingue by exploring an online, interactive timeline.

Role-Playing the Options
Students work cooperatively using primary sources to present the two options people supported in Saint-Domingue and the two options considered in France for Saint-Domingue's future in 1801. Additional groups represent the views of individuals in Saint-Domingue or in France at the time.

What is Freedom?
By exploring quotes and prioritizing different elements of freedom, students consider the meaning of 'freedom' both for themselves and for people in Saint-Domingue during the Revolution.

Mapping Independence and Abolition in the Americas
Using maps, students explore the progression of abolition and independence movements in the Americas and connect historical events to present-day American geography.

The Haitian Revolution Today
This online lesson helps students consider how Haitians today think about the Revolution through art, music, and literature."

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"The future of urbanism according to the 27-year-old mayor of Ithaca
By Jeff Guo February 27

Svante Myrick is 27, but he’s going into his fourth year as the mayor of Ithaca, a city whose prosperity defies the woes blanketing the rest of upstate New York. (Jeff Guo/Washington Post)

When — at 24 — Svante Myrick became the mayor of Ithaca, N.Y., there loomed the unavoidable comparison to that other oddly-named, biracial politician raised by a single white mother.

In high school, Myrick’s grandmother had given him a copy of “Dreams from My Father,” which he devoured with an eerie sense of déjà lu.

“It was like reading my diary with wisdom inserted in,” he told the Syracuse Post-Standard after his election in 2011.

Upon taking office, Myrick was profiled on “Rock Center with Brian Williams” in a segment that highlighted his hard-knock upbringing. His father struggled with drug addiction. His mother worked three jobs to raise him and his siblings. Early on, the family slipped in and out of homelessness for a while.

Now 27, Myrick, a Cornell graduate, is entering the final year of his term a six-year veteran of city politics.

Ithaca’s prosperity defies the woes blanketing the rest of upstate New York. In 2013, the New York Times ran an admiring story on the college town. Having Cornell in its back yard helps, of course; but the Times also credited Myrick for his leadership and his idealism.

At the National Opportunity Summit, a conference about youth unemployment Thursday in D.C., Myrick joined the mayors of Philadelphia and Birmingham in a discussion about extending opportunity to those systematically starved of it.

“In many of our neighborhoods, our young people die from a lack of exposure to what the world is beyond the three blocks around their house,” said Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia.

Nutter talked about the importance of giving young people early work experience, to teach them skills and to teach them how to dream bigger.

Myrick added that workforce training was equally important, and that cities could do better at connecting their own citizens to the companies who need workers.

“For young people, particularly people who are not succeeding in schools, they need to see a clear bright line between that employment training program and a job at the end of the tunnel,” he said.

In Ithaca this past year, Myrick opened a hospitality training program in preparation for several hotels being built downtown. “We could say, that building you’re seeing being erected is going to need 40 people to work there. And we’re going to give you a certificate that will prepare you on day one to walk in and ask for a job,” he said.

Thursday, Myrick sat down to chat about the future of cities. He has a politician’s polish, but few of the hammy tendencies. In speeches, and especially in conversation, he turns the volume down to signal that the topic is serious.

Myrick has a millennial’s vision of city life: walkable and dense. (Thursday, he sported a black Jawbone fitness tracker.) He believes that environmentalism implies urbanism and vice versa. As mayor he oversaw rezoning efforts to attract more and higher development downtown. He takes the bus often and regards parking lots as a blight.

When asked three years ago, Myrick told “Rock Center” that New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker (D) was his role model. Booker later invited him to visit; they have each other’s numbers now. Myrick says he’ll text Booker for advice when he’s having problems.

As his term wraps up at the end of the year, Myrick won’t say where he’s headed next. He’s having a lot of fun as mayor, but politicians are supposed to keep their options open, you know?

This interview has been edited and condensed.

On why urbanism isn’t just another hipster fad:

Our generation is flooding back into cities. They realize they’d rather walk to work. How many people do you know who are eager to live in a suburb? They want to be close to the coffee shop, close to the office. They want to live around the corner from the new Ethiopian restaurant.

Here’s why I think this is a permanent shift. I think what we went through over the last 50 years was the temporary shift.

Because if you study human behavior before that, for like ever, this was the way people lived quite very happily. And healthily. And in some places in the world it’s the way they still live — in Europe, in cities that we admire and love and go to on vacations.

Rome and Paris and London: These are human-scale cities. Cities that are full of people and places instead of parking spaces.

On the importance of morale, and moral authority:

I think maybe the largest lesson I’ve learned is about credibility. Moral authority is very powerful. The willingness to walk the walk is the key to success in government, generally, and especially at the local level.

I mean this quite literally.

Right away after I was elected I did a few things. I sold my car about four years ago. I walk to work. I walk a mile to city hall and a mile back. I’ll take the bus if it’s cold.

People seeing me on the bus — it matters. People seeing me walk with my backpack back and forth to city hall — that makes a difference.

I have a parking space that’s reserved for me, a parking space right in front of city hall. There’s a big sign. It’s like the best parking space in the city. It’s right there.

We took some benches from one of our city parks and took a tree that had to be cut down. We sliced it into rings and hollowed it out and planted flowers and soil. And we added a sign that said “AND FRIENDS.” So it says “RESERVED FOR MAYOR AND FRIENDS.”

We turned it into the smallest park into the city of Ithaca. It’s really so small.

A photo of the mayor’s parking lot featured on Myrick’s Facebook page. (Courtesy of Svante Myrick)

We’ve done so many things since then. We’ve led New York state in job growth over the last three years, month over month over month. Now we have the lowest unemployment rate in all of New York state. We’ve lowered our expenses, increased our revenue, cut taxes. All big shifts.

But if you will believe it, if you go to Ithaca right now, and you’re like, “What do you think about the mayor?” They would say: “The parking space guy! Oh I like that parking space.”

It’s a symbol, but it’s an important symbol. It meant that I was going to be walking the walk.

If I was going to be asking people to think about their cars differently and the way they move around the city differently, I had to find a way to show that I was all in on this idea. I wasn’t going to ask them to do something I wasn’t willing to do myself.

And that just gave us a shot of morale.

The recession has lingered inside governments longer than it has in the private sector. Back in 2011 it was still a dark time, and we’d been in this culture for years of no new projects. There was no possibility.

And then to see something quirky and whimsical, and admittedly a bit silly — but something new. It just made people feel like even though these were hard times, they weren’t the end times.

On how they pumped up Ithaca’s downtown by zoning for density:

We’ve added housing, we built hotels. We had a $3 million structural budget deficit when I took office. Closed it. Not only did we close it, but my first budget had the lowest tax increase in 13 years. The next year had an even lower tax increase than that. This last year’s budget, we actually cut taxes.

Part of it was we changed zoning. We did what [New York City] mayor Bill de Blasio is talking about now in New York City, which is incentive-based smart growth — dense zoning to allow for taller building in the core. We let them build taller. You can eliminate the minimum parking requirements, which is something we did in downtown and Collegetown.

From the 1950s till now, we’ve been demolishing people spaces in place of parking spaces. So in between every building you had a parking lot, then a bigger parking lot, then a bigger parking lot.

Now if you want to go to the grocery store you have to drive, it’s too far to walk. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you densify, you can walk, you can take mass transit. You can get around cleaner and safer. You have a more vibrant city. The property values in that city are higher because a parking lot doesn’t generate a lot of revenue, but a hotel generates quite a bit. It increases the employment prospects.

That helped with our budget woes because we changed the zoning, we incentivized all the smart growth. We got building permits; those are expensive. People putting in building permits, paying more in property taxes, that helped. We also streamlined our government quite a bit — fewer managers, more frontline personnel.

Why cities can’t continue relying on the property tax to pay for civic life:

Our funding models at the local level are 100 years old, or older. And they’re out of date. It was just property taxes, which made sense 100 years ago because if you owned the general store in Ithaca, N.Y., you lived in Ithaca, N.Y. You lived on the other side of town, you would tax where the store was and where you lived, and between those two, you’d pay for your impact on the social compact.

Now you can own Wal-Marts in every community in the country, take all of that wealth and bring it back to one community in Arkansas.

Now how are we going to repave all the roads that lead to Wal-Mart? How are we going to protect the roads leading to and from Walmart with the police department, with the fire department, when really all the wealth that’s generated there isn’t in the community?

And then what are you going to do when Lowe’s pops up next to it, and McDonalds, and one after another? The wealth that’s being generated is being siphoned up out and over into someplace else.

Then to make it even worse, with the advent of highways and automobiles, it’s now easier than ever to live just outside the city in the suburbs, in a lower tax district.

Drive in, take advantage of everything there is to do in a city, work there, go to school there, shop there dine there. Then you go back to your low-tax suburb where you sleep at night.

Our funding system was never set up to deal with that. That’s why you now have all sorts of tolls when you come and out of New York City. You gotta pay like $30 worth of tolls because you’re trying to figure out how do you run a city where you have four times as many people using it as there are actually paying for it.

It’s an extremely outdated funding model that’s made us all have to get creative.

On the difference between members of Congress and mayors:

You can go to Congress, spend two years, point fingers at the other party calling them knuckleheads.

Then you come home, and you say to your constituents: “Can you believe those knuckleheads in the other party didn’t let me get anything done? Send me back to Congress and I’ll kick their ass and get things done.”

And you go back to Congress, and you call them knuckleheads, and nothing ever happens.

If you do that as mayor, you’ll be out faster than — because people are watching. They’re right there. They see you in the grocery store. The people you’re working with are their neighbors. So if you call them knuckleheads, and you don’t get anything done, they’ll hold you accountable, fast.

On companies who demand tax breaks before they will come to town:

This race to the bottom is what you get. Our funding system has just not caught up with this threat to the survival of local government services. The social contract has always been, and should be: You create jobs, God bless you, and thank you for doing it. You also pay taxes.

You benefit in a community from the social safety net. You benefit from the networks of streets and roads, parking garages, police and fire. You pay for those things.

You hire people, that’s great. but you still pay for the fabric of government. Otherwise what you’re doing is you are forcing your employees to pay for all the things that you are refusing to pay for.

Why is that unfair? Because the six members of the Walton family are among the top 10 richest Americans. The thousands of people who work for them make minimum wage. They are essentially forcing their minimum wage employees to subsidize the operation of their companies by paying for the government that the business rightly should be supporting.

This is another thing. If you can’t afford to pay your employees enough so they don’t need government assistance, then you are asking the people of this country to subsidize your company. It’s corporate welfare.

So we try to combat that where we can.

On why hydraulic fracturing is not the answer to the problems plaguing upstate New York:

We have to go back to a model that is slower, yes, but steadier, definitely — instead of swinging for the fences with a short-term solution like fracking, which is going to bring you jobs for the next 10 years, maybe.

By definition, they’re not making natural gas as fast as you are drilling it. You will drill it, it will be empty, and it will be gone. And when it’s gone, so will the industry.

And what will you be left with? You will be left with hills that are dotted with drill pads. Water that’s contaminated. Roads that have just been demolished by trucks and trucks and trucks, and no tax base to rebuild any of this stuff.

We are in the forever business. Government’s in the forever business. I can’t just plan for next Tuesday or for the next four years or even for the next 10.

You have to plan as if you are a steward for something that will last hundreds of years after you.

On why environmental conservation is crucial for the future of towns, and the lingering effects of industrial pollution:

This was a mistake we made, especially upstate. It happened in Ithaca. We had Morse Chain and the Ithaca Gun Company, making chains that go in engines, and rifles.

They would test-fire the rifles by shooting these lead bullets into the waterfall. Just into the back of the waterfall, which ran down through the city. And these carcinogens they would dump down the drains, literally in the drain. The same way you would flush shampoo.

And they knew. It’s not like they didn’t know this stuff was bad for you. We just decided we wanted the jobs and the industry more than a clean environment.

So where are we now? The industry’s gone because that’s the nature of these things. They’re fleeting. But what’s left are these contaminated sites all over.

You have factories that take millions to remediate. You have to dig up soils 20, 30 feet underground and essentially pull the whole tops off hills. You have to replace it with fresh clean soil before you can put anything at all there. Before you can put apartments and condos. You’re left with a cost that was bigger than your gain.

On how local agriculture could save the state’s ailing towns — just as his own hometown was saved:

I think we need to focus on agriculture. Now what happened with agriculture? That, too, got globalized. While IBM was searching for the lowest cost place, so was everybody else.

But we can’t assume that it will always make financial sense. It’s never made environmental sense for us to get all of our oranges from California, all of our asparagus from 3,000 miles away. It’s never made environmental sense.

We can’t assume it will always make financial sense either.

As fossil fuels diminish, the cost of transportation will rise. The economies that will be successful are economies where populations of people have access to agricultural products that are close by. Cities that are ringed by rural land that can feed them.

That can be happening in upstate New York. There are 8 million in the city itself, 20 million in the greater metro area. Those folks have to be fed. Again, before the 1950s, that’s the way it worked. Towns like mine were built because we grew hops. We grew hops that people drank in their beers.

I grew up in one of those communities. Earlville, population 800. It’s a joke, but I don’t think it’s a joke that we have more cows than people.

It’s central New York, right on the county line between Chenango and Madison. It’s tiny, it’s rural. We would say that my house was the black neighborhood.

My community was saved. When I left home in 2005 to go to college, the cheese houses were going under; the dairy farms were going under. Just a couple years after that, a small company named Chobani opened up.

You wouldn’t believe it. You go home, they can’t get cows fast enough because it takes thee gallons of milk to make one gallon of this greek yogurt.

So it’s funny. The future looks like the past.

On his job training program for hotel workers, and being prepared for the needs of local industries:

We can recognize situations on the ground. We saw that after we changed the zoning we were going to have new hotels built. They’re in the ground being built as we speak.

So we knew that we had jobs coming, and they were good paying jobs, a lot of them. Many of them were above a living wage, much less a minimum wage.

We started a job training program specifically for hospitality. We hired a director, and the director worked with professors at Cornell to create a curriculum. Existing hotels agreed to both hire from the pool of people that we trained and to provide tips.

We focused on young people between the ages for 18 and 30, who either hadn’t finished high school or college, or they’d been arrested once before, or maybe were single parents. We focused on the most vulnerable population, the people who were least likely to get those jobs, to raise their chances of climbing the ladders when the hotels were opened.

On becoming mayor at the age of 24:

It’s been a steep learning curve. I hear that’s true for all mayors, that there’s nothing that can prepare you for the job except the job itself. Even being on the city council I was aware of the shape of the responsibilities — but not the size of them.

Your first name becomes mayor. It’s not a job you go to; it’s a job that you are. You wake up in the morning, and you’re the mayor. When you’re brushing your teeth, you’re the mayor. You’re trying to have dinner with a friend, and you’re the mayor.

You can’t ever forget it because it’s more than just a job. It’s who you are now.
Jeff Guo is a staff writer for Storyline. He's from Maryland (but outside the Beltway). Follow him on Twitter: @_jeffguo.

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"German historical society to publish annotated edition of Mein Kampf after copyright runs out later this year - 70 years after Hitler's death

Hitler's 1925 autobiography outlines anti-Semitic beliefs and military plans
Rights were passed to the state of Bavaria following his death in 1945
Under German law copyright expires 70 years after the author's death
New edition will contain comments from researchers as well as original text
Authorities had previously insisted it would be illegal to publish the book
Bavarian justice ministry said exception could be made annotated copies

By Daniel Miller for MailOnline

Published: 12:27 EST, 20 February 2015 | Updated: 04:18 EST, 25 February 2015



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A German historical society is set to publish an annotated edition of Hitler's autobiography Mein Kampf after its copyright runs out later this year.

The Munich Institute for Contemporary History (IfZ) will publish a two-volume edition of the book in which the Nazi leader outlines his anti-Semitic beliefs and plans for world domination.

The new volume will consist of 2,000 pages however just 780 of these will contain Hitler's original text while the rest will be filled by comments from researchers as well as an introduction and index.

A German historical society is to publish an annotated edition of Hitler's autobiography Mien Kampf after the copyright runs out later this year

First published in 1925, the rights to Mein Kampf, which means My Struggle, were passed from the Nazis Franz-Eher Publishing House to the state of Bavaria following Hitler's death on April 30, 1945.


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Under German law copyright expires 70 years after the author's death.

Bavarian authorities have previously insisted that it would be illegal for anyone to publish the book under German law banning the spreading of Nazi ideology.

Dieter Graumann, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said last year that he was strongly opposed to the book going on sale.

Bavarian authorities have previously insisted that it would be illegal for anyone to publish the book under German law banning the spreading of Nazi ideology

Bavarian authorities have previously insisted that it would be illegal for anyone to publish the book under German law banning the spreading of Nazi ideology

He told a news website: 'The very thought of a new publication of Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ is more than disgusting and goes against all my beliefs to fight neo-fascism and right-wing extremism.

'This book was and will remain a pure anti-Semitic work of irrational hatred that should be forbidden for evermore.

'It is an abhorrent pamphlet full of incitement of the Jewish people and it brutally hurts the feelings of the Shoa-survivors.'

Justice ministers representing all German states have previously ruled that anyone publishing non-annotated copies of Mien Kampf would face a prosecution for incitement to hatred, they said.

Although no statement was given on legality of annotated copies a spokeswoman for the Bavarian justice ministry said such a work should be legal under certain conditions.

IfZ deputy director Andreas Wirsching said last year that 'what we are publishing here is an anti-Hitler text'.

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Dave, Gosport, United Kingdom, 1 week ago

Considering that the book is readily available on Amazon in both English and German I can't understand why anyone bothered to write this article - anyone in Germany who wants a copy can get one by next day delivery. If they want one more quickly they can download a pdf copy from the internet in seconds. By the way, if you're tempted, it's total nonsense anyway - don't waste your time, read a proper book.
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jim bob, TAMPERE, Finland, 1 week ago

Excellent compromise that prevents any comparisons to Hitlers burning of non appropriate literature. I don't believe it will/should be commercially available though. It would be wrong to profit from this mass murdering, psychopaths thoughts.
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fizgog, Wessex, United Kingdom, 1 week ago

WHY? I once, many years ago, tried to read it. It's an unreadable shambles. I hardy finished the first chapter.
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"Unmasked, Edward the Nazi King of England: Princess Diana's biographer reveals the Duke of Windsor's collusion with Hitler… and a plot to regain his throne

The Duke of Windsor was willing to deal with Hitler to win back his throne
Revelations according to an extract of Andrew Morton's new book, published in the print edition of the Mail on Sunday
The Nazi leader would put the Duke back on the Throne as a puppet king
However, details of the secret deal were ordered destroyed after the war
Now, after more than 70 years, fresh evidence of this betrayal has surfaced

By Jo Knowsley For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 17:01 EST, 28 February 2015 | Updated: 18:21 EST, 28 February 2015



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The extraordinary extent of King Edward VIII’s flirtation with Hitler and the determined efforts by the post-war British establishment to bury the evidence has been uncovered in a new book by the biographer of Princess Diana.

Author Andrew Morton says he spent years working through Nazi files to demonstrate Edward’s true sympathy with the Fuhrer - to the extent that Hitler planned to install Edward as a puppet king on the British throne.

Fearing the files were ‘an unexploded bomb’ which could bring down the House of Windsor, prominent figures including King George VI, Winston Churchill and even Allied Supreme Commander Dwight Eisenhower had demanded that all evidence of Edward’s dealings with the Nazis be destroyed."

about 12 hours ago

"Being Social: What Museums Need to Understand for the Future

We wanted to share with you these amazing ideas from the article: “The Business of Being Social: What Museums Need to Understand for the Future” published by Museum iD Magazine. We love how it gets right to the point: the landscape attracting museum audiences is changing.

We have summarized the major ideas, and added a bit of color to make it really easy to digest. Download the PDF swipe file, or see images below."

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" NS-Dokumentationszentrum München
A place of historical and political learning for the future

The Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism will provide the city with a central place of learning and remembrance that will address the city's National Socialist past and the ramifications of Nazi dictatorship. Its opening is set for April 30, 2015. The centre will offer a permanent exhibition, a learning centre with media and research opportunities, special exhibitions, as well as a diverse educational and event programme.

In April 2008 the Munich City Council gave the go-ahead for the competitive tender of architecture concepts and thus for the realisation of the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism. More than sixty years after the end of the Second World War, the Centre is now finally taking shape – in part thanks to the keen support of the general public.

The way the Nazi era is related to is now marked by a free and open debate about the role Munich played in the rise of the NSDAP and the seizure of power by the Nazi terror regime. A new way has developed of dealing with Germany’s desertion of civilized norms. Nowadays, pro-active commemoration involves a critical approach to and a frank discussion of the history of National Socialism, and includes a look at the teaching of human and civic rights in a way that is relevant to the present and the future.

Along with the Free State of Bavaria and with the Federal German government, the City of Munich is meeting its responsibility, in the shape of the Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism, to create a place of learning for the future. This place is intended to embed memories of the Nazi era topographically into the city and at the same time offer scope for discussion and better understanding of Munich’s significance and function as the one-time 'Capital of the Movement’.

It is for society as a whole to show future generations that democracy and tolerance cannot be taken for granted, but have to be constantly secured and shaped anew. The Munich Documentation and Education Centre for the History of National Socialism is intended to make a major contribution to accomplishing this."

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"Similar myths with a sufficiently complex set of traits that could not be the product of many independent inventions can be found around the world. Moreover, certain myths evolve very slowly and their emergence probably date back to the Palaeolithic age. These myths may also spread together with the first human migrations. They carry an unequivocal phylogenetic message and computational methods derived from evolutionary biology have been used to reconstruct phylogenetic trees and protoforms for some of them (e.g. d'Huy 2012a-d, 2013a-j).

We can construct a binary data matrix where the rows correspond to the various cultural areas being analyzed and the columns correspond to different types of complex oral tales that are present in each area. There are numerous extensive motif and tale-type indices to help us in this task, at the local or global level. An effort should be made to exclude recent borrowings. We can then apply phylogenetic methods to extract a signal that could be converted into trees (e.g. Neighbor joining, maximum parsimony, maximum likelihood or Bayesian analysis), networks (e.g. Neighbor-net) or clusters. Among other things, this could serve to assess to what extent mythological and genetic histories are congruent, to test hypothesis about human prehistory (e.g. to reconstruct the early human migrations) or to understand what drives mythological diversification and disparity.


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detailed analysis

"Friday, February 27, 2015 at 10:00 AM

On Monday, a New York jury found the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian Liberation Authority responsible for a series of terror attacks that killed and maimed American citizens in Israel from 2002 through 2004. The politically-fraught civil judgment in Sokolow vs PLO awards the victims an initial $218.5 million (a sum that may still be tripled) under provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Act that allows,

Any national of the United States injured in his or her person, property, or business by reason of an act of international terrorism, or his or her estate, survivors, or heirs, may sue therefor in any appropriate district court of the United States and shall recover threefold the damages he or she sustains and the cost of the suit, including attorney’s fees.

The case highlights the way in which key elements of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have shifted to a legal battlefield, how that battlefield is structured, and the dangers inherent when torts encroach into the arena of politics.

Israel and “lawfare:”

Although the immediate Israeli reaction to Monday’s jury verdict is unmitigated glee, supporters of Israel have long been distinctly unsettled by the sort of litigation this case represents. For years, Israeli advocates have expressed frustration with Palestinian attempts to pressure Israel through European and international courts, seeing these as end-runs around the difficult work of direct diplomacy. In a recent Lawfare podcast, for instance, senior Israeli military lawyer Daniel Reisner described how Israel struggled to respond to the first Arab attempts to prosecute its officials and companies in European civilian courts. Since those early years, fears about these sorts of court actions have only deepened, becoming something of an obsession for those concerned for Israel. In turn, those fears have led to Israel’s adoption of a slew of preventative measures, including threats to aid if Palestinians turn to the ICC and a proliferation of advocacy organizations devoted to fighting Palestinian “lawfare.” (Here at Lawfare, of course, we use the term a bit differently.)

Initially, most organizations devoted to combating these legal assaults against Israel (including the conspiracy theory-prone “Lawfare Project”—which has no relationship whatsoever with this website) adopted a formally content-neutral stance of opposition to all “lawfare.” They saw something nefarious, almost dishonorable, about Israel’s militarily inferior opponents turn to legal tactics, and opposed political litigation as a matter of general principle. This view was heavily influenced by the arguments of military scholars like Charles Dunlap, who once lamented in a widely-noticed article the “disturbing evidence that the rule of law is being hijacked into just another way of fighting (lawfare), to the detriment of humanitarian values as well as the law itself.”

Shurat Hadin, the Israeli legal advocacy group that gathered the plaintiffs to bring the recent suit, has adopted a polar opposite approach. Its self-described mission is to use the “court systems around the world to go on the legal offensive against Israel’s enemies.” Some worry that its approach may, in the long run, backfire, legitimizing the very battlefield on which Israel is most vulnerable. But as Western countries grow increasingly war-averse, legal tools—and particularly sanctions—have become a weapon of choice. And in turn, the principled opposition has largely become less principled or less opposed. In that context, even private litigation that goes after terror groups have gained widespread acceptance, culminating both in Monday’s verdict and a similar judgement against Arab bank just a few months ago.

Legal asymmetries:

Complicating the legal battles unfolding between Israel and the Palestinians are a set of profound, but divergent, asymmetries."

about 15 hours ago

"Strawberry Hill, Horace Walpole's fantasy castle, to open its doors again

Private rooms in the pile that inspired the first Gothic novel in 1764, and a whole style of architecture, have always been off-limits to the public – until now
Strawberry Hill will reopen to the public on 1 March.
Strawberry Hill will reopen to the public on 1 March. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian

Maev Kennedy

Wednesday 25 February 2015 12.10 EST Last modified on Wednesday 25 February 2015 19.50 EST

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The collector, scholar and legendary gossip Horace Walpole woke one morning in June 1764 in the extraordinary fantasy home he had created near the Thames, west of London.

Strawberry Hill had – and now has again after years of careful restoration – roof, battlement and mantelpieces bristling with spires and gargoyles, stairs and bookcases copied from the tombs of medieval kings. Its passageways and library ceilings were embellished with imagined ancestors, and windows glitter with stained glass collected by the crate load from across Europe.

On that summer morning he had experienced a dream so vivid that he sat down in his study and began to write a book which changed the course of literary history. The Castle of Otranto is widely regarded as the first Gothic novel, and, with its knights, villains, wronged maidens, haunted corridors and things that go bump in the night, is the spiritual godfather of Frankenstein and Dracula, the creaking floorboards of Edgar Allan Poe and the shifting stairs and walking portraits of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts. When the house reopens to the public on 1 March, visitors will be invited to sit down in Walpole’s study and read the book for themselves.
The gallery, Strawberry Hill.
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The gallery, Strawberry Hill. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian

Many of the newly restored rooms have never been open to the public, including his bedroom and the room in which he died. Although Walpole entertained lavishly and also admitted paying visitors – sometimes retreating to a cottage across the road when overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of his public, and once evicted from his own breakfast room when a particularly grand visitor called unexpectedly – his own private rooms were always off-limits. They have now been dazzlingly restored through detective work involving scraps of original paint colour and shreds of wallpaper found on the edges of doors and fireplaces or hidden in the depths of cupboards.

Walpole himself prophesied that “my buildings, like my writings are of paper, and will blow away ten years after I am dead”, but, more than two centuries later, his house has survived – though by 2004 it appeared on the World Monument Fund’s list of the most important and endangered historic buildings in the world."

about 15 hours ago

"Huge gene study shines new light on African history

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The history of Africa, the cradle of humanity, is written in its genes. And now we have our best-ever view of African genetic diversity, with the publication of a huge study of the genomes of people from across the continent.

For the past 10 years, an international team led by Sarah Tishkoff of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia has toured the African continent, collecting blood samples from thousands of individuals. The results confirm Africa as the centre of human genetic diversity and, together with linguistic data, reveal a rich pattern of human migrations within the continent.

"Now we have a spectacular insight into the history of African populations," says Muntaser Ibrahim of the University of Khartoum in Sudan, a member of the team.

The findings should also pave the way for studies into genetic variants that influence the susceptibility of people with African heritage to common diseases, or affect their responses to commonly used drugs.

Collection challenges

Anthropologists and geneticists know that populations throughout the world migrated from Africa more than 60,000 years ago (see diagram), and that the human genome is at its most diverse in our continent of origin, but previous studies have only scratched the surface of African genetic diversity.

In part, that is because collecting DNA from people across the continent poses formidable logistical challenges. To secure their samples, Tishkoff and her colleagues had to negotiate permits with authorities in many countries, and travelled to remote villages accessible only by four-wheel drive.

In the field, the researchers often had to use their vehicle batteries to power the centrifuges used to separate out white blood cells from their samples, and then add buffering chemicals to stabilise the DNA so it would not degrade under the African sun. "It worked amazingly well," Tishkoff says.

With the samples in hand, the researchers analysed the DNA from some 2400 individuals from more than 100 modern populations for a panel of 1327 "markers" – known sites of genetic variation – across the entire genome. Then they analysed the results using statistical techniques that can assign individuals into different groups on the basis of their genetic similarity and reveal the relationships between the different groups.
Genetic map

The analysis suggested that modern Africans are descended from 14 ancestral populations, which generally correlate with known language and cultural groups. But most African populations show high levels of mixed ancestry, reflecting historic migrations across the continent – such as the movement of Bantu speakers from the highlands of Nigeria and Cameroon across much of eastern and southern Africa in the past 5000 years.

The researchers had expected to find a close relationship between language and genetics. "The spread of a language into a new area normally involves the spread of at least some speakers," says Christopher Ehret, a specialist in African history and linguistics at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a member of Tishkoff's team. "Gene flow is simply the normal accompaniment."

But migrations can also cause genes and language to diverge. For example, the researchers found that pygmy populations from central Africa cluster genetically with eastern and southern African speakers of languages that rely heavily on clicking of the tongue. Despite retaining their distinct genetic heritage, pygmies seem to have lost their ancestral languages as Bantu speakers moved in.

The results suggest that all modern humans can trace their origin to a population that lived near the border between South Africa and Namibia – although Tishkoff stresses that these people may have moved into the area from elsewhere. As expected, the study also places the exit point for humanity's great "out of Africa" migration near to the Red Sea.
Medical boost

As well as revealing Africa's history, the study should facilitate future biomedical research, both into genes that determine susceptibility to common diseases, and into variations in people's responses to drugs – which can cause fatal reactions.

When looking for the rare genetic variants involved, geneticists can be thrown off track by the existence of subgroups within the populations they are studying. This is a particular problem for African or African American populations, which are more genetically diverse than other groups.

The new study should help by identifying distinct populations in which to look for medically important gene variants.

"By knowing the population structure, we can use this information to facilitate our search for rare variants," says Scott Williams of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, who worked on the new study and is investigating the genetics of hypertension in a population in Ghana.

"When we use labels like ‘black' or ‘African', they are gross approximations," agrees Charles Rotimi of the National Human Genome Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, who studies the influence of culture, lifestyle and genetics on patterns of obesity, hypertension and diabetes in African Americans."

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about 15 hours ago

"‘Double Gold’ awarded to 2012 Yarden Heights wine & 2011 Yarden Merlot Kela Single Vineyard .
By: Jewish Press Staff
Published: February 28th, 2015

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Golan Wine Medals

Each year at the Mediterranean international wine and spirit challenge, Terravino, panels of judges from across the globe nominate medals to International and Israeli wines. This year’s competition included 448 samples of wines and spirits, 55% of the samples being from Israel, and the remainder from 29 other countries.

Of the 14 double gold medals presented, 6 medals were awarded to Israeli wines. The Golan Heights Winery won two double gold medals, three gold medals, and two silver medals. Aside the wine awards presented, an additional prize was awarded to the Golan Heights Winery winemakers, led by chief winemaker Victor Schoenfeld, for the best winemakers’ team competition.

The 2012 Yarden Heights wine received a double gold medal with the highest score of the whole competition (93.7), and announced as the grant champion. Second double gold medal was the 2011 Yarden Merlot Kela Single Vineyard (with a score of 92.3).

Other medals given to Golan Heights Winery include the 2011 Yarden Syrah (gold medal), 2010 Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon (gold medal), 2011 Gamla Cabernet Sauvignon (gold medal). 2008 Yarden Blanc de Blancs (silver medal) and the 2013 Yarden Chardonnay Odem organic vineyard (silver medal). "

about 15 hours ago

"Will Clinton Show for Bibi? Elizabeth Warren's (so far little known) outspoken support for Israel may be a factor.
By: Lori Lowenthal Marcus
Published: February 12th, 2015
Latest update: February 20th, 2015"

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